As we all make changes to reduce our processed food consumption, I thought I would share this great recipe for homemade granola bars. I made it this past weekend, it was super easy and they are delicious. No more store bought granola bars for us, this new recipe will be a staple in our house!!
1/3 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup old fashion rolled oats
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup each- unsalted pumpkin seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, dried cherries, dried apricots (chopped), ground flax seed
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line 9" square baking pan with nonstick foil
- Beat honey, eggs and salt with a fork in a small bowl until blended.
- Put oats, dry milk, pumpkin seeds, coconut, flax seeds, apricots, cherries and flour in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add honey mixture to food processor and pulse until mixture is evenly moistened
- Transfer dough to baking pan, press into even layer with dampened fingers.
- Bake until center is set and edges are browned, about 20 mins.
- Let cool slightly on rack, 10 minutes. Holding foil transfer bar from pan to cutting board.
- Cut into 20 (1.5") bars. Let cool completely and peel off foil.
**I am not a fan of coconut so I replaced this ingredient with 2TB of toasted wheat germ. Feel free to substitute any ingredients to your liking.
**Also after 10 minutes of cooling, once bars were cut I spread evenly with 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. You can leave them as is, or once they warm up you can spread the chocolate.
***To make iced cranberry bars substitute 1/2cup dried cranberries for the dried cherries. And once bars are cooled make icing (whisk 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar, pinch cloves, and 3-4 tsp milk until smooth). Drizzle over bars.
Per serving (1 bar) 118 calories, 5g total fat, 16g total carbs, 10g sugar, 2g fiber, 4g protein.
Weight Watchers March/April 2011 magazine